LAURISSIMA Profile - (1972077)


Home Town: Texarkana, Texas, USA
Living In: Garland, Texas, USA
Member Since: Oct. 2002
Cooking Level: Intermediate
Cooking Interests: Baking, Asian, Mexican, Italian, Southern, Mediterranean, Healthy, Dessert, Gourmet
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Mom and me
About this Cook
I'm a freelance writer and graphic designer living in DFW area. I LOVE FOOD. I especially love trying new recipes and sharing them with other people. I'm always looking for delicious healthy recipes with whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and lower-fat alternatives. My rule is that if I want cookies or cake, I have to make them myself (and I do).
My favorite things to cook
granola bars, whole grain pancakes and breads, LOVE appetizers like spinach and feta phyllo triangles, stuffed mushrooms, and vegetarian "sushi," also shrimp scampi, pasta with pesto sauce, and chocolate chip cookies!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My mom taught me (almost) everything I know about cooking! What a great cook! We were lucky to have homemade meals every night and fresh baked homemade bread. As a kid, I loved decorating sugar cookies and trying the fanciest recipes I could find in her Betty Crocker Cookie Book.
My cooking triumphs
I made a great gingerbread house last year, and plan to top it this year. I found an excellent Martha Stewart appetizer book someone was throwing out, and let me tell you, that lady knows what she's doing with the appetizers. Every one I've tried from that book has been a huge hit. Also, I've invented some great healthy pancakes, and have a few more things up my sleeve...
My cooking tragedies
Once I dumped an entire chocolate bundt cake onto the floor while I was trying to invert it. Apparently it wasn't done in the middle.
Recipe Reviews 32 reviews
Baked Sweet Potato Sticks
These were really good, with some very minor modifications. I followed another reviewer's suggestion to add garlic powder, salt and pepper along with the paprika. I just made one for myself, cut it into eighths instead of quarters, and didn't measure the ingredients -- just enough olive oil to coat, and then I sprinkled seasoning on it. I was very surprised how good it was. I usually season baked sweet potatoes with cinnamon and sugar, but I'm on a diet and these were delicious and sweet enough on their own. One case where cutting calories did not hurt the flavor -- I will make them this way from now on. Also, I liked the taste of the bigger wedges better than the thinner fries I usually make. All sweet and perfect texture, with no burned fries. Thanks for the recipe!

3 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Jan. 20, 2015
Broccoli Cornbread with Cheese
This is just crazy good cornbread, I used Jiffy corn muffin mix, which is already really good, and cut the recipe in half. I made it to get my 2-year-old to eat vegetables. I chopped the broccoli and onion really fine to hide them. He liked it, but I was not expecting to love it myself! The cheese, when lightly browned, makes a nice crispy crust on top. Yum!

5 users found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Nov. 4, 2014
Award Winning Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies
This is the chocolate chip recipe I have been looking for. Soft and chewy even the next day! I followed the recipe exactly, except I made a half batch. Oh, and I added 1/2 tsp. of salt. I have tried many chocolate chip recipes and this is by far the best. Thank you, thank you!

1 user found this review helpful
Reviewed On: Aug. 14, 2014
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